Aistė Stancikaitė hyperrealistic and figurative pencil drawings that only use one color



“It allows me to move away from the traditions of realism and embrace a more unusual contemporary drawing style with a surreal touch, something that would likely be absent with a fully realistic palette,” AistÄ— told Creative Boom. “The pink or red figures often featured in my work become beautiful alien creatures rather than the ordinary humans you would meet on the street. The simplicity of this technique is an ode to the magnitude of one color; the depths and the spectrum from light to dark which ultimately defines the power of the final image. “

At the start of any drawing, AistÄ— likes to break the image down into its most basic forms and gradually build up layers of detail throughout the room. She focuses on light and texture, keeping a balance between abstract and figurative, to let a main subject take center stage and leave the rest to the imagination.

Inspired by photography and fine art, AistÄ— also turns to contemporary design, film, architecture, human anatomy and interesting light. “Sometimes it’s just observing everyday life, where something catches my eye, and sometimes it’s inspired by other creative work,” she adds. “It inspires me to find different ways of looking at the world and helps me to further develop my practice.”

Originally from Vilnius, Lithuania, AistÄ— has spent the past 10 years living in various cities in Europe. “I landed in Berlin almost three years ago and I feel very comfortable here. I have a background in painting but I have always found drawing more accessible. I picked up a pencil about it. four years old, and that’s when my creative career really started, ”she says.

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